We have another great week for Community Art, with more photos than you can shake a stick at — or at least fit on the Dakota Life's page.
Randall Royer returned this week with several photos showing the bright summer colors in his garden. The close-up images make the colors pop in the sunlight and show the neat details and shapes as the flowers stretch at the viewer.
And it was a good day for admiring flowers.
Craig Solberg found a few pincushion flowers growing near Pierre. A few of the prickly customers have a great disguise with their flowers covering the needled body underneath. And one group of the fancy little cacti have flowers with bright colors inside that almost look like they emit their own light. Talk about lining up for the perfect close-up photo.
On July 17, Leah Lappe made it to Oahe Dam just in time to catch a heavy morning fog rolling in over the area, filling the low-lying areas. Her photo shows the power plant peeking through the haze to complete the image.
Roger Edwards returned this week as well with some fun photos of different birds beating the heat on the water.
In one image, a mother duck takes the family for a nice walk along the river. Edwards also found a goose cleaning up while cooling off during a recent hot day. And Edwards found himself a sunrise buddy near the river who enjoyed the morning's first light with him.
If you have photos to share with your fellow readers, send them to Editor Jorge Encinas at email@example.com. Include the who, what, where and when for each image and the Capital Journal will publish them in Saturday's Dakota Life and online at capjournal.com.
The Capital Journal will also select one photo from each Community Art and add it to Tuesday's weekly South Dakota Outdoors newsletter as the Featured Photo of the Week. If you haven't subscribed to the weekly newsletter, you can do that at capjournal.com under the "Outdoors" tab at the top of the page. And if you do it before July 31, you're automatically entered for a chance to win a $500 gift card to Runnings.